Using technology, there are many
low cost options for offering meditation
programs to your employees. Apps such
as Headspace allow for flexibility and
encourage employees to practice when
it’s convenient for them. The downside
is that with the ever-increasing demand
on your workforce, simply giving an app
may not be sufficient to cement a regular
practice. In fact, it can be seen as just
another item to add to an already long
In-office training is another option for
rolling out mindfulness programs at the
office. Such a program should always be
voluntary. The content of the program
can be tailored to meet the company’s
objective. For example, leadership skills,
collaboration, decrease in stress/anxi-ety, or increase in focus. The benefit of
in-office training is that it normalizes
mindfulness practice at the office, and
builds group cohesion.
As mentioned previously, you will
only gain the benefits of mindfulness
through regular and consistent practice.
Whatever program you choose for your
office, it’s important to think long term
and find ways to make mindfulness part
of a daily habit.
One simple way to do this is to start
meetings with a few minutes of medita-
tion. Google starts many meetings this
way. This allows everyone at the meeting
to have a moment to breathe and let go
of distractions. It can also help to foster
clarity around what brings everyone
together at the meeting.
Another suggestion is to have weekly “drop-in” meditation sessions. One
Silicon Valley law firm, Hopkins &
Carley, offers its employees an weekly,
but optional, 30-minute guided meditation session.
If your company offers retreats or other company-wide conferences, you can
fold in yoga or other movement-based
mindfulness practices, or meditation.
Mindfulness programs can be one
way to increase the wellness and performance of your team. It can build group
cohesion, and lead to a healthier, and
happier work environment. ACC
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